Here are some of the common hair myths debunked for you.
1. Frequent trims make your hair grow faster
Your hair on average will grow about a 1/2 inch each month, with a cut or without. What may make you feel like it is growing faster with frequent trims is that healthy ends are going to look better and hang better, whereas damaged ends will have a more frizzy look.
2. You can mend split ends
Unfortunately once the ends of your hair are split, that is it. There are hair products that you can use to temporarily
bond your ends like a pomade or glossy serum, but essentially the only way to get rid of split ends is to trim them off. Regular trims are great preventative action.
3. Brushing your hair 100 times a day gives you silky hair that grows faster
As stated before, your hair is going to grow about 1/2 inch each month regardless of what you do. And brushing this frequently can actually cause cuticle damage and pull hair out of the follicles.
4. Switching your shampoo makes your hair healthier
It is believed that you need to switch your shampoo frequently as your hair builds up a tolerance to your shampoo. This is false, and while you may find your hair has more build up than usual, it is most likely due to other products you are using in your hair. Using a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month will take care of that build up.
5. Plucking gray hairs causes 2 or 3 to grow in its place
This is not true, but don’t let that encourage you to pluck those grays out. Plucking hairs can cause damage to your roots and even cause infection. Just embrace it, or you can opt for colour coverage.
6. You can’t dye your hair while pregnant
There have been no conclusive studies to prove that dying your hair while pregnant does any harm to your baby. However, it is a personal choice for you to make, and if you have any inquiries then consult your doctor. What you may find though, is that the change in your hormones can affect the oils distributed in your hair and it can change the outcome in your colour, your skin may be a little more sensitive than usual and the smells aren’t that fantastic to be around with super heightened pregnancy senses.
7. If you shampoo less often your scalp will gradually produce less oil
Shampoo or not, your sebaceous glands are going to produce the same amount of oil. If you find your hair to be excessively oily, make sure you are giving your scalp a good scrub and if you are truly concerned then it is best to consult your doctor. It is important to keep your scalp clean as the dirt and oil can buildup on the scalp and hair follicles and cause infection and even stunt hair growth.
8. Drugstore products are the same quality as salon products
Salon products generally contain higher quality ingredients that are designed to provide more consistent results. The quality ingredients found in salon products are not usually found in drugstore brands, and drugstore brands will often use cheap fillers leaving unnecessary buildup on your hair.
9. Comb hair from top to bottom
It is traditionally shown that hair is combed from the top to bottom, but by doing this you can pull hairs out of the follicle and cause damage to the cuticle. To best work out the annoying knots in your hair, start from the bottom and work your way up.
10. Shaving hair makes it grow back thicker
This is not true. When you shave you are cutting the hair off at a thicker part, so when it grows back it may seem like the hair has thickened, but it is actually just the blunt tip growing out giving that illusion.